Author Archive for Carey Hodges

One Track Mind: Sonnet Cottage’s “This Time Around”

Buoyant croons and carefree acoustics from a pair of Northern Virginia sisters

One Track Mind: John Aulabaugh’s “Awake”

The song is a smooth alt-country groove from Aulabaugh’s debut LP, which drops March 31.

One Track Mind: Letitia VanSant and the Bonafides’ “Step in Line”

"Our lives and communities are meant to be more than parts and labor to the machine of our economy."

Stream Tomás Pagán Motta’s Warm, Folk-Fusion Debut Album

It’s been a busy year for local folkster Tomás Pagán Motta. The Mount Vernon Square-based singer/songwriter shed his established pseudonym, the Petticoat Tearoom, secured a slot at D.C.’s Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival, and recorded his self-titled debut album via D.C. label 8 Gang Switch, which drops tomorrow. It's now streaming on Hype Machine.
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One Track Mind: Tomás Pagán Motta’s “I Don’t Care”

"I was listening to a lot of Spaghetti Western soundtracks at the time.”

One Track Mind: Phantomweight’s “Talk Me Down”

"I had a kid, our bass player got married, our drummer left to pursue another project and then returned, our trombonist started grad school, and we added a sax player."

One Track Mind: Jail Solidarity’s “No Fly List”

"It’s basically institutionalized racism that ruins innocent peoples’ lives.”

One Track Mind: Stranger in the Alps’ “Black Box”

“We live in a time when communication is part of the atmosphere. So, the prospect of being unable to communicate is more terrifying than ever.”

King Tuff on Demonic Vortexes and Backwards Messages

"When a bunch of motherfuckers are around me, shit gets complicated...It goes from, like, a crossword puzzle to, like, a Jenga .... no, actually, more like a Rubik’s Cube."

One Track Mind: Jen Miller’s “Edinburgh”

Standout Track: No. 3, “Edinburgh,” from 22-year-old Rosslyn-based singer/songwriter Jen Miller’s debut LP, Overgrown, which dropped last month. With its wistful, folksy feel and dreamy, reverb-tinged guitars, the song’s sparse accompaniment accents soulful vocals that recall the sultry tones of PHOX’s Monica Martin.
Musical Motivation: Miller spent her junior year in college interning for the Scottish [...]